Saving for College

Virginia 529 -Tax-advantage savings programs offered by the state of Virginia.


Do not delay completing the FAFSA. You do not have to wait until you know where you are going to college.

Submit your  FAFSA online as soon after October 1 as possible.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) host live FAFSA/ Financial Aid webinars -- Details/Registration; Paying for College

FAFSA Resources

Seven Things You Need Before you Fill Out the 2019-20 FAFSA Form

FAFSA4caster - free online federal financial aid calculator (useful for juniors also)

2019-20 Virginia Paying for College PowerPoint Presentation (August 20, 2019) (PDF)

Pell Grant Resources

Scholarships & Awards

 College Board Opportunity Knocks Scholarships. Earn scholarships simply by preparing for college. These scholarships are now open to the Class of 2021. Deadline to earn award is February 2021. Find out how by visiting the CollegeBoard Opportunity Knocks Scholarships page on the CollegeBoard website.

Horatio Alger Foundation Scholarship
--Seniors who have overcome adversity to succeed. Demonstrated Financial need; 2.0 GPA.

Cirkledin No Sweat Scholarship--All college bound seniors;  No min. GPA; No Essay; $2,500; Deadline--December 31, 2020.  Apply

National Society of the Sons of the American 
Revolution 2020 Call for Essays--Essay contest open to Northern Virginian students in grades 9th-12th to participate in the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest.  Information; Sample Essay

Pamplin Leadership Award Nomination (For VA Tech Applicants ONLY)--Apply to be Patriot's Nominee, Min. GPA= 3.8; must have completed VTech application. Deadline- Nov. 30. Application

Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema Freshman Scholarships--GPA= 3.3 or higher; Must submit completed admissions application to Radford by January 15, 2021. Send letter of interest to Richard Dunham,  Dept. Chair at or call for more information --540-831-5012.

AFCEA DC STEM Scholarship--US citizen residing in the Metro Washington ,DC area; graduating senior planning to enroll in a full time college curriculum in any STEAM field (math, engineering, science, and cyber security). Deadline Feb. 25, 2021.  Apply, Counselor Summary and Statement

Scholarships in Naviance

Visit the Naviance Scholarship list page often to view local and national scholarships open to Prince William County students

Directions for accessing Scholarship list:

  • Log into Naviance Student.
  • Click on Log in with Clever 
  • Click on Colleges Tab at the top right
  • Scroll down to Scholarships and Money
  • Click on Scholarship List
  • Click the box to the left of all scholarships you’re interested in
  • Click +Add to my applications
  • Click Add Scholarships to save to your Scholarship Applications List
  • Check the list often for updates!

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia manages nine scholarships and administers the funds for 14 other scholarships that support Northern Virginia students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. View details on the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia website.

Additional Financial Aid/Scholarship Resources

Golden Door Scholars (undocumented students)

College Affordability and Transparency Center - U.S. Department of Education agency providing access to college costs and fees.

Information on Lendedu regarding private student loans